It’s A Beautiful Day In This Neighborhood

The usual israelstreet “UPDATE” and “TODAY’S BLOG” sections are combined today.

Your humble servant is reminded this morning of the old Mr. Rogers children’s show that used to appear on American television. This was the song Mr. Rogers sang at the start of every show (slightly abbreviated):

It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood,
A beautiful day for a neighbor.
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?…

I’ve always wanted to have a neighbor just like you.
I’ve always wanted to live in a neighborhood with you.

So, let’s make the most of this beautiful day.
Since we’re together we might as well say:
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?
Won’t you be my neighbor?
Won’t you please,
Won’t you please?
Please won’t you be my neighbor?

Story 1: In their first joint operation since 1997, Palestinian security forces and the IDF carried out a raid in the H-2 area near Hevron, an area under Israeli security. Eight Palestinians were arrested. At first blush, this may seem like a promising development, but what in the world is the IDF doing handing over its own security responsibilities to the Palestinians?

Story 2: The EU is contemplating pulling back from its just announced (two days ago) ban on Iranian oil–explaining that many of the debt-ridden European economies are “too fragile” to sustain themselves without Iranian crude. The Europeans are great at talking the talk but not too good at walking the walk. Meanwhile, the Iranians are further along than ever on their quest for a nuclear bomb.

Story 3: The news is heavy today with explosions all around the neighborhood:

At 2:41 pm, Hamas Palestinian terrorists reported an explosion in Gaza. It is unclear whether this was the result of an IAF strike, or a terrorist mishandling munitions.

At 1:39 pm, there were news reports of a bomb explosion in the Hezbollah Lebanese town of Bint Jbeil–just across the northern border of Israel. All of southern Lebanon is a repository of Hezbollah missiles and bombs. 

At 1: 28 pm, a loud explosion was heard in the center of Damascus. Later reports have indicated a suicide bomber blew apart 25 Syrian civilians and wounded 46 more. The Syrian situation continues to devolve by the hour.

At 12:53 pm, news reports described explosions occurring in Baghdad. To no one’s surprise, sectarian violence is beginning to engulf the country following the American departure. Welcome to the new Iraq.

Story 4: The results of the third and final set of elections in Egypt are in with . . . you guessed it, Islamist parties dominating the scene. The Muslim Brotherhood won 37.5% of the vote, followed closely by the “hardline” Islamist Nour Party–with a total Islamist percentage of around 60%. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to predict what the effect of having Islamists in charge will be on the writing of Egypt’s new constitution.

It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood,
A beautiful day for a neighbor.
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?…

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